Sunday, February 2, 2014

Photo-of-the-Week #144 - The Master of Camouflage, Vero Beach, Florida, January 2014

Here he is (well, I'm not sure if it's a he or a she - I don't know how to tell the difference) the "master of camouflage." It's a small lizard known as a Chameleon. You'll find these little guys all over Florida.

They're quite harmless and very fast. They're also quite small. I suggest they are like squirrels are up north, everywhere. The reason I call them the masters of camouflage is because these little guys can change their color through a broad spectrum, when you include all the degrees of intensity, to blend into their surroundings and become less invisible to their predators.

And speaking of predators, it appears our small friend had an encounter with one of several potential predators. Chameleon's usually have a long tail tapering down to a sharp point. You'll notice this little fellow has a short stubby tail. The Chameleon will break off its tail should a predator capture him by the tail. This is another defense mechanism in addition to his ability to change colors and blend into his environment. What you may or may not be aware of is that the little Chameleon will grow a new tail in just a few weeks. Handy, huh?

I caught this photo on a seawall in Vero Beach, Florida while sitting on a nearby park bench having a pleasant conversation with my friend, Richard Rosen. 

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